Know Your Foe #34: BOO, GIANTS! HURRAY, BEER!

Aug 2, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) slides into home on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Hunter Pence (8) during the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Nobody likes the Giants, except for Giants fans. I'm pretty sure it's a scientific fact. Then again, we're not 100% sure if anybody outside of Purple Row actually likes the Rockies, either. Nah, I'm kidding. Everybody's OK with the Rockies, except for Giants fans and Tony LaRussa.

Personally, I hate playing the Giants. In part because they beat us. In part because I don't like anyone on their team. But mostly because they're at the top of the NL West and they keep winning. The Rockies and Giants seem to be like stark opposites. Off-White and Orange against Black and Purple... and more white. I mean, come on everyone wears white, or at least grey. California vs Colorado. The most extreme hitters' park in baseball against whatever AT&T is. Pablo Sandoval against Carlos Gonzalez. Troy Tulowitzki vs Tim Lincecum. I mean, come on, these teams were meant to not get along. I don't know where I'm going with this anymore.

Speaking of Tim Lincecum, though, has everyone seen how he's bad this year? This is new and fresh!


Tim Lincecum

#55 / Pitcher / San Francisco Giants

5-11

165

L

R

Jun 15, 1984


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Tim Lincecum 5-11 22 22 0 0 0 0 123.1 126 80 77 14 57 136 5.62 1.48



This season, Lincecum has been pretty disappointing, for fantasy owners and Giants fans alike. He's posting a career-worst WHIP, career-worst BB/9, HR/9, BABIP, LOB%, as well as ERA and FIP. The FIP part lends credence to the whole "Timmy's on the downslope already!" concept, but those peripherals show areas of growth for Lincecum as well as areas of bad luck.

The walks thing is definitely something to be concerned about, however. In the past calendar year, Lincecum has had the worst BB/9 (3.95) among qualified starters in the NL, behind Ricky Romero (4.04) and Ubaldo Jimenez (4.75). In his defense, a 9.27 K/9 over that same timespan tends to forgive the bad walk numbers just a bit, but not so much as to make him "good". Certainly a far cry from the 2008 and 2009 Lincecum.

Amusingly enough, Giants' pitching hasn't been that stellar over the past 30 days, outside of Ryan Vogelsong's 2.08 ERA during that span. I should clarify that I mean the rotation and not the bullpen. Their bats haven't been phenomenal, either, outside of a few guys torching the ball. As a team over that past 30 days, the Giants are decidedly below average (87 wRC+), which is why they went ahead and traded for Hunter Pence.

For what it's worth, Pence is a career .823 OPS player, and he's only hit the Rockies for a .749 OPS. I hope he goes 0-for-Coors Field.

Expected Pitching Matchups:

Friday, 8/3/2012, 6:40PM MT

Ryan Vogelsong vs Jonathan Sanchez (GRUDGE MATCH)

Saturday, 8/4/2012, 6:10PM MT

Madison Bumgarner vs Jeff Francis

Sunday, 8/5/2012, 1:10PM MT

Tim Lincecum vs Christian Friedrich


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Melky Cabrera 101 412 69 145 21 9 10 52 29 58 11 5 .352 .391 .519
Marco Scutaro 6 21 2 7 2 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 .333 .375 .429
Buster Posey 94 337 42 107 23 0 14 62 39 60 1 1 .318 .385 .510
Pablo Sandoval 62 234 36 70 19 1 8 33 19 36 0 0 .299 .352 .491
Hector Sanchez 40 132 12 36 7 0 2 24 2 29 0 0 .273 .277 .371
Angel Pagan 98 378 42 103 19 5 5 35 26 64 17 4 .272 .317 .389
Ryan Theriot 75 280 32 74 12 1 0 22 19 37 12 4 .264 .310 .314
Nate Schierholtz 77 175 15 44 4 5 5 16 18 36 3 2 .251 .321 .417
Joaquin Arias 68 208 17 51 7 3 1 15 10 26 4 0 .245 .286 .322
Gregor Blanco 91 290 45 69 10 4 5 26 40 71 19 3 .238 .333 .352
Brandon Belt 91 244 27 58 14 4 4 33 39 79 7 1 .238 .340 .377
Brandon Crawford 96 307 24 71 18 2 3 32 22 67 1 3 .231 .288 .332
Emmanuel Burriss 52 131 15 28 1 0 0 6 10 24 5 2 .214 .273 .221
Brett Pill 39 84 7 17 3 0 3 9 4 16 1 0 .202 .256 .345
Matt Cain 24 48 3 8 2 0 1 3 1 22 0 0 .167 .184 .271
Justin Christian 22 38 6 6 1 0 0 1 3 3 2 1 .158 .220 .184
Conor Gillaspie 6 20 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .150 .150 .200
Madison Bumgarner 21 47 2 7 1 0 1 2 0 15 0 0 .149 .149 .234
Aubrey Huff 34 61 7 9 3 0 1 6 12 9 0 0 .148 .284 .246
Charles Culberson 6 22 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 .136 .136 .136
Eli Whiteside 6 8 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .125 .300 .250
Tim Lincecum 22 30 2 3 0 0 0 2 4 20 0 0 .100 .206 .100
Barry Zito 21 33 2 3 0 0 0 2 4 6 0 0 .091 .189 .091
Ryan Vogelsong 19 36 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 25 0 0 .056 .128 .056
Hunter Pence 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .000 .125 .000
Eric Hacker 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Santiago Casilla 45 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Steve Edlefsen 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Danny Otero 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Shane Loux 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Clay Hensley 46 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeremy Affeldt 40 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Javier Lopez 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
George Kontos 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Travis Blackley 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Wilson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sergio Romo 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Penny 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Guillermo Mota 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
George Kontos 0-0 19 0 0 0 0 0 21.2 20 8 5 2 4 22 2.08 1.11
Ryan Vogelsong 8-5 19 19 0 0 0 0 129.2 103 34 32 9 43 95 2.22 1.13
Sergio Romo 3-2 41 0 0 0 5 1 32.0 20 8 8 3 10 38 2.25 .94
Jeremy Affeldt 1-1 40 0 0 0 2 1 42.2 36 16 12 1 12 37 2.53 1.13
Matt Cain 10-4 24 21 2 2 0 0 146.2 117 51 46 16 30 135 2.82 1.00
Clay Hensley 3-3 46 0 0 0 2 1 39.2 32 17 13 2 24 34 2.95 1.41
Madison Bumgarner 11-6 21 21 1 1 0 0 142.2 121 55 49 16 29 130 3.09 1.05
Javier Lopez 3-0 47 0 0 0 1 2 23.0 25 10 8 1 11 19 3.13 1.57
Santiago Casilla 4-5 45 0 0 0 24 6 38.2 37 19 15 7 16 44 3.49 1.37
Barry Zito 8-8 21 21 1 1 0 0 122.1 114 64 58 15 54 71 4.27 1.37
Eric Hacker 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 8 3 3 0 2 7 4.50 1.67
Brad Penny 0-1 11 0 0 0 0 0 15.2 19 9 8 2 3 5 4.60 1.40
Steve Edlefsen 0-1 14 0 0 0 0 0 15.1 20 8 8 1 6 9 4.70 1.70
Shane Loux 0-0 12 0 0 0 0 0 18.1 23 11 10 3 4 9 4.91 1.47
Guillermo Mota 0-1 9 0 0 0 0 0 10.2 13 7 6 2 4 9 5.06 1.59
Tim Lincecum 5-11 22 22 0 0 0 0 123.1 126 80 77 14 57 136 5.62 1.48
Danny Otero 0-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 8.1 14 9 8 0 2 4 8.64 1.92
Travis Blackley 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 7 6 5 0 2 2 9.00 1.80
Brian Wilson 0-0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 4 2 2 0 2 2 9.00 3.00


San Francisco Giants Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Angel Pagan hand 08/02/2012

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Freddy Sanchez shoulder 03/26/2012
Dan Runzler other-excused 03/26/2012
Hector Sanchez knee 08/02/2012
Pablo Sandoval hamstring 07/25/2012
Aubrey Huff knee 07/31/2012
Shane Loux neck 08/02/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eric Surkamp elbow 03/26/2012
Brian Wilson elbow 04/13/2012


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